Profile: Arial & Arian Tetsuo
PILOT, AURICOM RESEARCH
PILOT, QIREX INDUSTRIES
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER / 1 / 2059
DAMON FAIRCLOUGH (COMMISSION ID: LIVUK32.2), UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE F3600 PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION.
The Tetsuo twins personify one of the biggest rivalries in F3600 racing. Arial is the lead pilot for Auricom Research, supporters of the free availability of anti-gravity technology and upholders of the sporting tradition. Sister Arian is second pilot for Qirex Industries, the team most committed to the commercial exploitation of the sport. The rivalry between them is no less bitter than that which exists between their respective teams.
Born in a suburb of Tokyo, Arial is the eldest by a matter of minutes. Their father worked from a home terminal which he was forced to operate at least 20 hours a day - consequently, all child rearing was undertaken by their mother. Their father’s spare time was strictly rationed - the twins were forced to keep a record of time spent in his company as his salary was docked if accumulated childcare hours exceeded those recommended by his employer’s accountant. While there is no evidence that this time was shared out less than fairly, Arian has always felt that Arial was the favoured twin.
The competitive edge has remained throughout their sporting careers. Arial was signed by Auricom Research following her outstanding performance in the Anti-Gravity Youth League Of Japan, while Qirex scouts spotted Arian in an informal anti-grav street challenge and invited her to Moscow for intensive training in their famous all-terrain simulator. There is no doubt that Arial is the natural talent - her graceful flying style belies the awkwardness of the Auricom craft. Arian, meanwhile, has been intensively reared on the heavy Qirex machines and has a far more ’muscular’ style. She has not been without success, but when things begin to go wrong on the track, she lacks the natural ability to rectify the situation.
Their rivalry appears to have intensified over recent years with Arial’s move into politics. The personality cult which has grown up around her seems to have left her sister rather embittered while Arial appears to have it all. The differing public perceptions of the two are laid bare in this article from ’Fierce News With Teeth’, the daily Japanese tabloid:
Remember when she began her rise through the ranks of the powerful? We all thought, ’What is this cute bottomed pilot doing with all these horrible politicians?’ But now we know what she was doing. She was trying to spread love throughout our country, and it’s working. She travels the land with her strong men and speaks to us as if she was our friend, then she returns to Tokyo and makes the politicians listen. If all politicians were like Arial, there would be nothing but peace and understanding all over the place. One day this dream will come true and Arial Tetsuo will be the leader of the whole world!
But why is her sister so sour? They both fly the anti-gravs well (although Arial is the best and we love her the most) and they are both cute (although Arial is cuter) so why should Arian Tetsuo be so vicious to her sister? Everyone saw the way she tried to punch her twin after the last race! Luckily, Arial was much too quick, and she ended up punching a brick wall and breaking her fingers. Bad luck Arian!
Yet we now see her following Arial’s group around the country, and as Arial tries to speak to the people and win their hearts, Arian shouts from the crowd and tries to damage her sister’s name. She has friends who cover the walls in hate messages and some people say she might try to kill our beloved Arial..."